Fake Identification Cards


 

WA: What if I use a fake ID?

 

What is a fake ID?

In Western Australia, you can prove your age using:

  • an Australian driver's licence; or
  • a passport; or
  • a Western Australian proof of age card.

You are using a ‘fake ID’ when your ID is forged, false or counterfeit. Examples include when your ID:

  • has been made illegally;
  • has been scratched or altered in any way (like to make you seem older);
  • doesn’t actually belong to you (like a friend’s or sibling’s ID).

 

Are they illegal?

It is against the law to:

  • use a fake ID (i.e. to obtain alcohol, enter a bar or purchase cigarettes);
  • let someone else use your ID;
  • make a fake ID;
  • lie or give false information to get an ID.

 

What if I use a fake ID?

If you use a fake ID to enter a pub, club, bar, or obtain alcohol then you will be committing a crime.

If you are caught using a fake ID, you can:

  • be asked to leave a bar, pub, club or other place selling alcohol;
  • have your ID confiscated;
  • be given a warning or caution;
  • be fined $200 on the spot by police; or
  • choose to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you up to $2,000 if you are convicted).

 

What if someone else uses my ID?

If you lend or give your ID to someone else to use then you will be committing a crime. If you are charged you may need to go to court, where you can be fined up to $1,600.

 

What if I make a fake ID?

Making an ID includes scratching, changing or forging an ID in any way and is against the law.  If you are caught, you can be fined up to $1,600 by a court if convicted.

 

What if I lie to get ID?

It is illegal to lie or give incorrect information in order to get a fake driver’s license. If you are caught, you can be fined up to $1,600 by a court if convicted. 

 

 

**The content on this page was last updated on 28 August 2012